A TORY grandee has warned that the decision to grant Chinese technology company Huawei the rights to build the UK's 5G network is the worst security flaw since the hiring of a Soviet double agent.
Former Brexit secretary David Davis said the release is "the worst intelligence decision since MI6's recruitment of Kim Philby".
Philby was a member of the Cambridge Five, a spy ring that passed information to the Soviet Union during World War II and in the early stages of the Cold War.
Mr. Davis warned: “It goes without saying that anyone who can interfere in our 5G networks can cause chaos and take control of dams, air traffic control and power generators, for example.
"Or they could paralyze the internet and bring the nation to a standstill. The damage could range from traffic jams to mass extinctions – not to mention the ability to spy. "
He added: "China has been aggressively spying on western countries for decades and has stolen military and technological secrets on an industrial scale."
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The government has repeatedly said that the technology poses no risk to security or intelligence agencies.
But Mr. Davis warned that the decision will adversely affect our relationship with security allies, which would be "nothing short of a great victory for our enemies."
He added: "It is a sad fact that we have made ourselves dependent on foreign parts of our country's technology – and we have to react accordingly."
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